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December 2, 2007

Message #11 -- received Dec. 2 4:37pm

News flash, Damascus, Syria. President Asad has resigned.

Message #10 -- received Dec 2 9:23am

South Korean News Agency reporting that car bomb was the work of North Korean Special Forces units. Speculates prelude to North Korean invasion.

December 1, 2007

Message # 9

NSC Message 9: Sat, 1 Dec 2007 17:02:21

A car bomb has exploded in Seoul, South Korea, killing the South Korean President. No claim of responsibility. South Korean cabinet is now meeting to discuss situation. ROK Armed Forces have been put on full alert.

Message # 8

NSC Message 8: Sat, 1 Dec 2007 11:35:56 Seismic sensors throughout Asia detected disturbance centered in mountainous region straddling the border between North Korea and China. Specially configured U.S. aircraft scheduled to fly mission off the coast of the Korean peninsula Sunday to sample for evidence of underground nuclear explosion.

Message #7

U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv reports Israeli government is planning a large-scale military operation in the West Bank in response to bus bombings. Expects tanks and armored personnel carriers to move into the area imminently.

November 30, 2007

Message #6

Embassy Moscow reports that President Putin told U.S. Ambassador that Russia has indications North Korea planning a large-scale military assault against the South within the next month. Putin told Ambassador Russia is doing everything it can to dissuade North Korea, including consultations with China.

Message #5

CIA reports that a Jordanian insurgent captured last week in Iraq is reporting that the leadership of al Qaeda in Iraq – under heavy pressure by U.S. forces in Iraq – has relocated to Syria and is now coordinating attacks on U.S. and Iraqi forces from the Syrian side of the Syria – Iraq border. Separately, 8 members of Al Qaeda captured infiltrating across the Syrian border into Iraq by U.S. Army units.

Message #4

The Associated Press is reporting that four Israeli buses have been attacked on the West Bank by suicide bombers; at least fifty casualties.

Message #3

Embassy Moscow reports U.S. Ambassador being summoned to meeting with President Putin Friday afternoon. Subject not given.

Message #2

National Security Agency reports North Korean armed forces increasing alert levels; reservists being recalled; fuel being transported to front-line units.

Message #1

Over the next week, you will receive a series of “flash? messages from the White House Situation Room regarding events taking place around the world. I encourage you all to begin a discussion about what is happening, why it is happening, and what it may, or may not, mean. When we meet next Thursday night, you will assess the situation as NSC staff directors and formulate recommendations to the President.